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With the 11th overall pick the Miami Dolphins select Minkah Fitzpatrick

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Brian Spurlock)

The 2018 NFL draft has proven to make all the prognosticators and mock draft “experts” pretty wrong so far. If anyone had Baker Mayfield going #1 overall before Wednesday evening after the Josh Allen story broke is lying through their teeth. Anyways the draft already crazy by the time Miami selected at 11.

With the 11th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins took Alabama FS Minkah Fitzpatrick.  Fitzpatrick is a player many considered the best safety in this year’s draft. He’s the second DB taken after the Browns took CB Denzel Ward with the 4th overall pick.

 

Here is what NFL.com draft analysts have on Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick turns up the intensity level as high as it will go and and rips off the knob until the game is over. Fitzpatrick has experience as a slot cornerback, but will likely be targeted as a “do-everything” safety who can be deployed as a sub-package linebacker, a blitzer or in the slot against big receivers and move tight ends. Fitzpatrick has consistently shined since his freshman season on Alabama defenses that have been loaded with NFL talent. His versatility, football character and desire to succeed should make him an early starter.

Stories started to come out on Thursday that the Dolphins were likely not going to take a QB in the first round and that they are comfortable with Ryan Tannehiull for the 2018 campaign. That was all but confirmed when the Arizona Cardinals took Josh Rosen with the 19th pick.

Obviously the Dolphins didn’t trade down, which was something that was mentioned in the run up to the draft.

Fitzpatrick is the type of player that can come in and be a leader right away. Obviously the defense has been completely revamped and there will be space for Fitzpatrick to get a lot of playing time off the bat. Obviously it’s too early to grade this pick, however on paper it looks like the Dolphins played their hand wisely.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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